Did you know that endangered Pacific leatherback sea turtles swim to the California Coast each year? These gentle giants are highly endangered and they need our help to survive.
Be a Sea Turtle Hero: Enter the Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest!
To raise awareness and encourage everyone to visit the beautiful California Coast, Turtle Island and the California Coastal Conservancy are sponsoring the Sand Castle Snapshot Contest this summer. The winner will receive a FREE 3-night stay at La Jolla Coves Suites!
To enter the contest: go to the California coast, build a sea turtle sand castle, submit your photo via Facebook, our website, or Instagram (using the hashtag #sandseaturtle); and then vote for your favorite snapshot!
Green Sea Turtle 'Sanjay' Links Cocos and Galapagos in Historic Swim
Sanjay, a 117-pound male, Pacific green sea turtle made history when he swam from the protected water of Cocos Island Marine National Park in Costa Rica and crossed into the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador. Sanjay is the first sea turtle to corroborate preliminary genetic data suggesting many of the resident sea turtles at Cocos Island were born on the nesting beaches of the Galapagos Islands located 400 miles south.
Sanjay was one of three endangered green sea turtles (also known as Eastern Pacific black turtles) tagged in June with satellite transmitters by researchers at Cocos Island, Costa Rica during a Turtle Island Restoration Network and PRETOMA expedition to elucidate sea turtle and shark migration routes and their use of marine protected areas.
Read more at our National Geographic blog ￫
Saving West Marin's Coho Salmon by Restoring Habitat & Buying Homes
Coho salmon are a unique species. They begin their lives in California's freshwater streams, mature in the Pacific Ocean, and then return to their natal creeks to spawn and finally die. They once flooded streams and sent fishers home with millions of fish each season, but today California's streams no longer support these iconic wild fish.
Turtle Island Restoration Network's Habitat and Homes Project aims to change that dynamic.
It is not a mystery why so few California streams still support coho salmon. Human-caused modifications to the natural environment ranging from dam building to housing to logging have chipped away at the species' chances of survival. Coho salmon thrive in creeks surrounded by trees. A rich forest ecosystem provides the ingredients salmon need to survive: shade, food, shelter and cold, clean water. When too many creekside forests are replaced with roads, buildings and failing septic systems, the local populations of coho salmon disappear.
Read the entire op-ed ￫
Read an article in the Marin Independent Journal ￫
FREE Environmental Education Teachers Training at Summer Salmon Institute
The Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area.
“The goal is to develop educational partnerships with classrooms, building a foundation for students, to engage in ecologically informed civic participation,” said Catie Clune, an education specialist with Turtle Island.
Click to learn more and register ￫